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YMMV: Wilco
  • Covered Up: The concept behind the the Mermaid Avenue albums.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some reviewers and fans saw the songs Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as being about the 9/11 attacks, even though the album was recorded before the attacks happened.
  • Face of the Band: Jeff Tweedy.
  • Growing the Beard: Their first album, A.M. sold poorly and was not well-received by critics, being generally regarded as watered-down Uncle Tupelo. Being There is where the band really grew the beard for fans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad sad songs" ("Jesus, Etc.").
  • More Popular Spin-off: To Uncle Tupelo, in terms of sales.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was made at a time when Tweedy was addicted to painkillers for his migraines as well as alcohol, in addition to the above-mentioned drama with his label. Since then he's kicked both (as well as quit smoking), enjoying modest commercial success as well as a stable home life; the music since then reflects the shift. There's a section of the fandom whose reaction to this is They Changed It, Now It Sucks (calling Sky Blue Sky "dad-rock" is one of the more diplomatic assessments).

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